You want to become a singer, you want to have the pipes of the world’s elite singers and you’re ready to do what it takes to make it. Sound familiar?
Many people believe that singing is a “natural talent” and that a true singer does not need to learn how to sing. But is this really the case?
After all, the fundamental organ used in singing is the voice box, and we are born with this. We don’t have “speaking lessons” to learn how to talk; we just pick it up naturally. But does this mean singing without training is the best way to sustain a singing career? We find that singing lessons, vocal training, this is more common than most people would think.
It is important to remember singing is much more demanding on the vocal instrument than talking. Singers need to: work over a wide range of pitches, sustain long notes, move quickly over a melody line, add emotional expression, sing quietly, sing loudly, add complex rhythms with pitch changes, project into a large space, sing against instrumentation and sing through a microphone.
Many professional singers have learned on the job, with varying degrees of success. We’re not saying all singers must have training but maybe if some of these performers had worked with a vocal coach to help them develop their strengths, correct poor vocal technique, and learn the craft, they may have risen to the top sooner, stayed longer, and gone further.
Examples of top level singers who have had vocal training include Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Adam Lambert, Hayley Williams, Chris Martin, Little Mix, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Adele – after she suffered a vocal injury requiring surgery.
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To become a successful singer, and stay at the top, takes more than just talent.
Training and coaching will help you to mould yourself into a more reliable and consistent singer by working on the areas that need addressing. This could be vocal strength, dexterity, range, control, ease, dynamic range, correcting pitch issues, breath control, adapting to different vocal styles, connecting the low register to the high one, and increasing flexibility and stamina. If you get control of your voice, you will sing more profoundly and authentically. You will also find your own sound and style rather than sounding like someone else – which should be avoided at all cost, unless you are an impersonator of course! Working with a great singing teacher will not interfere with your natural talent or vocal style. Understanding your instrument will help you get vocal consistency and health during the course of your singing life.
Singing lessons are also a perfect way for you to safely explore your voice and allow you to find different vocal colours and qualities. Incorporating simple singing practices will help you to sing healthily and support your talent. Find a set of good warm up exercises to run through before you use your singing voice for practice, rehearsal, performing or songwriting. A good coach can also help your confidence levels with strategies and resources to help you build your performance.
If you adopt a mindset akin to that of a professional athlete, and take a dedicated approach to vocal training and coaching, you will reap rewards. Any good singing teacher will understand that their role is to facilitate your talent and give you the freedom to express your creative being. Make sure you strive to get the best out of the talent you have.
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